Root Canal

Root Canal

Root canal therapy is the best way to restore a tooth that has become infected due to extensive tooth decay or fracture. Root canals have a bad reputation, but these treatments save the tooth and actually make you feel better!

Signs you need a root canal
Pain that occurs spontaneously
Pain that occurs when biting
Pain that wakes you up in the middle of the night
Extreme sensitivity or pain to cold or heat
Swollen gums
Discoloration of a tooth

Ignoring these signs or symptoms can be detrimental to your oral health, and may lead to further complications including increased pain or a dental abscess.

What to expect during your procedure

For most patients, this procedure can be performed in a single visit. However, if your tooth was severely infected, our doctors will opt to place a medication in your canals for one or two weeks before completing the root canal.

After full anesthesia is achieved for the tooth being treated, a small hole will be made and various instruments will be used to remove infected material. Then, your tooth is cleaned, disinfected, and sealed. After treatment, it is normal to experience sensitivity or slight pain for the next few days.

It is important to remember that teeth with root canals have a higher percentage of fracture and most likely will need a porcelain dental crown to provide a full coverage restoration.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A root canal is a dental procedure to treat and save a tooth that is infected or severely decayed. It involves removing the infected pulp and sealing the tooth to prevent further damage.

Signs that you may need this procedure include spontaneous pain, pain when biting, sensitivity to hot or cold, swollen gums, and tooth discoloration. Set up an appointment with our experienced dentists for an accurate diagnosis.

Contrary to popular belief, modern root canal treatments are typically not painful. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area, and advancements in dental techniques ensure patient comfort during the procedure.

The duration of a procedure can vary depending on the complexity of the case. In most cases, a root canal can be completed in a single visit, while more severe infections may require multiple visits.

After a procedure, it is normal to experience some sensitivity or mild discomfort, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Upon the examination, we may recommend a dental crown to protect and restore the treated tooth.

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